November 24, 2003

Pork Chops w/ Five Spice Apple Dressing

Inspired by Ming Tsai's "Asian Marinated Pork Loin with Gingered Sweet Potatoes and Five-Spice Apples", I put this together the other night.

Pork Chops with Five Spice Apple Dressing
a Jennifer Original

2 center cut boneless porkchops (at least 1-inch thick) fresh ground black pepper

2 TBSP olive oil
1/3 cup chopped red onion
3/4 tsp five spice powder
1/2 TBSP brown sugar
1 Granny Apple, diced
1/3 cup baby 'bella mushrooms
1 1/2 TBSP apple juice

additional 1/2 cup apple juice
1 TBSP butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Saute onion in olive oil (approximately 8 minutes or until they start to turn brown). Add five spice powder, brown sugar, 2/3rds of apple, mushrooms, and 1 1/2 TBSP apple juice. Heat through (about 2 minutes).

Season pork chops with black pepper. Make a pocket in the pork chops and stuff spiced apple-mushroom mixture inside. Secure pockets with toothpicks. Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes.

Meanwhile, return remaining unused stuffing to heat. Add 1/2 cup apple juice and reduce by about 1/2 liquid volume. Just before serving, whisk in 1 TBSP butter. Serve sauce mixture over top of baked pork chops.

Notes: The difference in texture between the interior and exterior mixtures made this complex in the mouth. Oh, and what to do with the remaining bits of apple? Actually I never diced them and just munched on them while cooking.

10/1/05 - edited to add photo from meal on 9/28

Posted by Jennifer at November 24, 2003 8:59 AM

Very tasty indeed, with the five spice powder blending well with the flavor of the apples. The difference in texture between the apples inside the chop and those on top was definitely a plus.

Posted by: Michael at October 1, 2005 4:13 PM
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